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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Pimpernel  \Pim"per*nel\,  n.  [F.  pimprenelle  cf  Sp  pimpinela, 
  It  pimpinella;  perh.  from  LL  bipinnella  for  bipinnula 
  two-winged,  equiv.  to  L.  bipennis;  bis  twice  +  penna  feather, 
  wing.  Cf  {Pen}  a  feather.]  (Bot.) 
  A  plant  of  the  genus  {Anagallis},  of  which  one  species  ({A. 
  arvensis})  has  small  flowers,  usually  scarlet,  but  sometimes 
  purple,  blue,  or  white,  which  speedily  close  at  the  approach 
  of  bad  weather. 
  {Water  pimpernel}.  (Bot.)  See  {Brookweed}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  European  garden  herb  with  purple-tinged  flowers  and  leaves 
  that  are  sometimes  used  for  salads  [syn:  {salad  burnet}, 
  {burnet  bloodwort},  {Poterium  sanguisorba}] 
  2:  any  of  several  plants  of  the  genus  Anagallis 

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